Carrollton Renovations in Full Swing

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:09

Paving projects have begun in Carrollton. Shown are the pavers working on Hill Street beside the Pickens County Herald office.


The Carrollton Town Council voted in their April meeting to spend up to $125,000 on a road-paving project. Burkhalter Paving won the bid for the project and with the summer season, the paving has begun.

Unidentified Boy May Have Been From Alabama

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:57

John Mebane Doe

On September 25, 1998 skeletal remains of an unidentified boy were found in Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina.

He was found in heavy brush near a billboard sign along Industrial Drive which is a service road adjacent to the Westbound lanes of Interstate 85 and Interstate 40.

The child had been deceased at this location for several months. The remains were identified as a male, 9-12 years old. His race is Caucasian or Hispanic. He stood approximately 4’11” tall and had straight brown hair.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo to Mark 175 Years

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:51

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo will mark its 175th year of service to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. The service will include some sharing of Mt Pleasant history, former pastors, staff, and those who have been ordained at Mt. Pleasant will be invited to attend. Bro. Glenn Sandifer will preach the sermon, and Keith Mullenix will lead the music. There will be a fellowship meal after the service.

Ruth Holliman Library Summer Reading Program a Success

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:49

The month of June was our Summer Library Program at Ruth Holliman Public Library.

Top Reader in K-2 grades was Di Nari Horton Brown. Top Reader in 3-6 grades was Bentley Dyer.  Second and third place readers were Dawson Roberts, Major Roberts, Kathryn Duren and Justin Sullivan.  Several children with perfect attendance were Adien Stephens, Bentley Dyer, Cade Spencer, Dawson Roberts, DiNari Horton Brown, Hagen Burkhalter, and Logan Shirley.

Former Aliceville Funeral Home Targeted to be Condemned

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:16

Obvious roof collapse and damage, coupled with ongoing neglect, makes the old funeral home on Third Avenue in Aliceville a candidate to be condemned.


The former funeral home located next to the post office on 3rd Avenue in Aliceville, is on the council’s radar to be condemned. In the June 27 meeting of the Aliceville City Council, City Attorney John Russell discussed with the council their attempts to get the owner of the building to either repair or tear the building down.

Aliceville Council Approves New Police Officer

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:14


The Aliceville City Council approved the application for new police officer cadet, Kimberly Manning, at their latest meeting on June 27. “Chief (Tonnie) Jones and myself have reviewed several applications,” Aliceville Mayor Marva Gipson told the council. “We have one applicant and we need to approve for her to take a pre-qualification test.”

Gordo, Reform Schools to Participate in CVS SMART Model

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:11


The CVS SMART model for schools is a public/private partnership developed between CVS Health, Ginn Group Consulting (architects of the model), school districts, and a partnership with local medical providers. The model was launched nationally in 2013. Its purpose is to provide preventive care to students — with parental consent — to enrich academic performance, achievement, and attendance.

History of Pickens County Book Reissued, for Sale

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:09

The Reprint Company Publishers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has recently reissued its earlier printing of History of Pickens County, Ala. From Its First Settlement in 1817 to 1856 by Nelson F. Smith. This classic work was originally published in 1856 in Carrollton and was reprinted by the Spartanburg publisher in 1980. That 1980 reprint has been out of print for a number of years. This latest reprint is a hardback book printed on archival quality paper and is now in a Print On Demand format.


Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:07

Michael Hayes Clanahan and Taylor Lynne Curtis

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Curtis of Bradford, Ohio announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Taylor Lynne Curtis, to Michael Hayes Clanahan, son of Jim and Bet Clanahan, of Buford, Georgia.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of  Mr. and Mrs. H. Edward Kuhns of Ludlow Falls, Ohio and Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Curtis of Troy, Ohio.  She graduated cum laude from Lee University with a BS in Business Administration.  She is currently in a management trainee position with Enterprise in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Local Facility Rated Among Alabama’s Best Nursing Homes

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:07

A newly-released rating published by US News and World Report has tapped Aliceville Manor Nursing Home as one of the best nursing homes in Alabama.   The publication used data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Nursing Home Compare website, where nursing homes are rated “poor” to “top-performing” on a scale of 1 to 5.

911 Board Wants to Share Director of EMA

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:45


The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director, Laketha Bell, has been approached by representatives of the Pickens County 911 Board to discuss possibly merging the two director jobs into one. 911 Board Chairman, Keith “Booty” Cox, spoke to the Pickens County Commissioners at the Commission’s June 21 administrative meeting about the possibility. Since technically, both organizations work for the Commissioners, it needed to be brought first to them and to see if they would consider the merger.

School Sentry Program Rife with Unanswered Questions

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:43


On May 30, Governor Kay Ivey announced the installation of the Alabama Sentry Program in school systems throughout the state. This program would permit administrators at schools without a School Resource Officer (SRO) to maintain a firearm on campus, in a secured safe, in case of an active-shooter situation.

Dr. James Gentry Retires From PCMC After 33 Years

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:39

Dr. James Gentry with his wife Debbie and grandchildren Kenley Gentry and Hudson Jost.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Correspondent

Dr. James (Jim) Gentry, Jr. has decided to hang up the stethoscope after working as a surgeon at Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) for the past 33 years. Dozens of friends, family members, and colleagues gathered at PCMC last Sunday to recognize Gentry for his service to the hospital.

Wife of Alabama AG Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:38


Bridgette Gentry Marshall, wife of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, was found the morning of June 24 in her apartment in Murfreesboro, Tenn., dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a statement released by the Attorney General’s office on that day, it was stated Mrs. Marshall “passed away this morning after a long struggle with mental illness.”

Cancer-Survivor’s Grandmother Creates Quilts from Doll’s Dresses

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:54

Mollie Bailey (right) and her grandmother Sue Yarbrough (left) with the quilt Yarbrough sewed of Abby’s dresses.

By Brian Hamilton, Correspondent

Ever since Carrollton resident Sue Yarbrough can remember, she has been sewing matching dresses for her granddaughter Mollie Bailey and her doll Abby. Mollie is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of three. Mollie is very passionate about Abby, while Yarbrough is very passionate about sewing and making dresses for Mollie and Abby.

Aliceville PD on the Hunt for New Officers

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:52

The Aliceville Police Department wants to add additional officers to its force.


The Aliceville Police Department is looking for new officers to add to the force. Current officers have been pulling a lot of overtime and recruits for small-town forces with small-town pay are few and far between. Especially certified and trained officers. Especially officers with experience. That experience and training is key to a well-rounded police department.

Warning from the State Department of Public Health

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:50

*Do not enter bodies of water if you have cuts or abrasions; if injured, clean wound at once to reduce risk of infection.*

Many harmful organisms are found in lakes, rivers, along the coast, and in other bodies of water. Some bacteria may lead to destructive soft-tissue infections and other illnesses, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) cautions.

Dog Fighting Still Problem in Pickens Co.

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:21


A Pit Bull, trained for dog fighting, has been euthanized after video evidence surfaced of the dog killing a puppy used as a “bait dog.” A “bait dog” is used for the sole purpose of teaching the fighting dog to attack and kill living canines for sport. The puppy’s owners received the video and after watching, notified authorities.

Homicide in Aliceville Update

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:20


On Friday night, June 1, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Daniel Perez, 32, was shot and killed at his residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville, two houses down from the Fast Gas gas station and convenience store. Not many details have been added at this time, as the case is still being investigated.

Car Accident Claims Life of Child

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:16

Deep grooves show where the Ford Explorer went off Highway 86 on June 12 and crashed into a tree. Markers placed on the scene help Alabama State Troopers with their investigation.


A 12-year-old Tuscaloosa boy was killed Tuesday, June 12, when the 2000 Ford Explorer he was riding in left the road, slid down a grassy slope, and hit a tree. The one-vehicle incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. between mile marker 21 and mile marker 22 on Highway 86 East between Carrollton and Gordo. The driver and 3 other minors were also injured in the crash and were transported to DCH Regional Medical Center.

Zoning Confusion Brought to Reform Council

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:13


During the last couple of city council meetings, Reform city council members have had zoning issues brought to their attention. One of them, brought to the council on May 15, was from Dearl Hughes, who wanted to rezone a strip of land currently zoned as residential, but having commercial properties on either side of it.

Summertime Goodness

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:11

Black-eyed Susans scatter their blooms along roadsides during most of the summer. The “Susan” is a member of the sunflower family.


Summertime has arrived. Or, almost, depending on how you look at it.

Astronomically, summertime begins on the Summer Solstice, which can fall anywhere between June 20 and June 22.  This year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Summer Solstice starts precisely on June 21 at 5:07 a.m. CDT. That is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.